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Roads
An Anthropology of Infrastructure and Expertise
Penny Harvey, Hannah Knox
Sweeping in scope and conceptually ambitious, this book tells a story of infrastructure and of global flows of money, goods, and people.



Unknotting the Heart
Unemployment and Therapeutic Governance in China
Jie Yang
As China has downsized and privatized its state-owned enterprises, severe unemployment has created a new class of urban poor and widespread social and psychological disorders. In Unknotting the Heart, Jie Yang examines this understudied group of workers and their experiences of being laid off, "counseled," and then reoriented to the market economy.



Swedish Design
An Ethnography
Keith M. Murphy
This book examines the special relationship between politics and design in Sweden, revealing in particular the cultural meanings this relationship holds for Swedish society.



Songs of the Factory
Pop Music, Culture, and Resistance
Marek Korczynski
Marek Korczynski reports on his ethnographic fieldwork in a British factory to show how workers make often-grueling assembly-line work tolerable by permeating their workday with pop music on the radio.



They Never Come Back
A Story of Undocumented Workers from Mexico
Frans J. Schryer
Frans J. Schryer draws on the experiences of indigenous people from a region in the Mexican state of Guerrero to explore the impact of this transformation on the lives of migrants.



New Labor in New York
Precarious Workers and the Future of the Labor Movement
This volume comprises thirteen fine-grained case studies of recent campaigns by worker centers and unions to organize the new "precariat" class of workers and to address the crisis facing the labor movement, each of which is based on original research and participant observation.



Where Night Is Day
The World of the ICU
James Kelly
Where Night Is Day is a nonfiction narrative grounded in the day-by-day, hour-by-hour rhythms of an ICU.



Behind the Kitchen Door
Saru Jayaraman
A groundbreaking exploration of the political, economic, and moral implications of dining out, focusing on the lives of restaurant workers in major cities across the United States.



Buoyancy on the Bayou
Shrimpers Face the Rising Tide of Globalization
Jill Ann Harrison
Portrays the struggles that Louisiana shrimp fishers endure to remain afloat in an industry beset by globalization.



Reading Classes
On Culture and Classism in America
Barbara Jensen
In Reading Classes, Barbara Jensen explores the anguish caused by class in our society, identifying classism--or anti–working class prejudice--as a central factor in the reproduction of inequality in America.



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